Alisdair MacRae Birch Professional/Performance Website

British vs. American Musical Terms Nina Gilbert's Alphabetical List of American and British Musical Terms. A helpful guide when I use a British or European musical term in the USA or a US term in the UK!

Online Tools

Online Metronome by Handy for those times when you forget yours!

Online Guitar Tuner. Gieson Interactive tuner.

Guitar Links

William "Bill" G. Leavitt Tribute Page

Jazz Guitar Discussion Group on Yahoo Groups

Bass Links

Bob Gollihur's Double Bass Links Page The all-time best links page for everything to do with Double Bass. Tyrone Bishop's nice site with a forum for Double Bass players. Large collection of links to bass resources. Great Bass site covering both electric and acoustic. Has great bass forum.

Local and Regional Vendors

AES Fine Instruments 4 Star Cobb Lane, Brewster, NY 10509 (845) 279 4884 Arnold E. Schnitzer, Luthier

Daddy's Music 61 Broad St. Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 975-8020 Store Manager: Anthony Valenzisi

David Gage String Instruments 36 Walker St, New York, NY (212) 274-1322

Greenwich Music
1200 East Putnam Ave,Riverside, CT 06878 (203) 637-1119

Sam Ash 178 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10601-5301 Phone: (914) 949-8448 Store Manager: Chris Konys

Toys From The Attic 203 Mamaroneck Ave # 2, White Plains, NY 10601 (914) 421-0069

The Music Source  1345 East Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT  06870  (203) 698-0444

Upton Bass String Instrument Company 27 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT, 06355


Functional Ear Trainer Alain Benbassat's developed this freeware program. To quote from Alain's site "The user can select a key and the computer will play a cadence to clearly define the particular key, followed by a random note. The user must then guess the note within this harmonic context. With a week or two of practice, it will improve your musical ear a lot". Alain asked me for input and to help test the program during its development. The ear training concepts or theory that the program is built on have been part of my ear training teaching. I highly recommend it. This is where you should start.

PG Music's Band-In-A-Box  Band-In-A-Box (BIAB) is an automatic accompaniment program for Windows/DOS and Macintosh. You type in the chord symbols to any song, using standard chord symbols like C, Fm7, Cm7b5 etc. choose a style and press PLAY. Band-in-a-Box then generates a pro quality 5 instrument accompaniment of bass, drums, piano, guitar and strings in over 100 styles of music. Every musician who owns a computer should have a copy of this software, it's great for trying out new ideas, for practicing improvising, for composing, for printing out "quick" lead sheets.

Independent Band-In-A-Box Group The BIAB User Group on Yahoo

For Songwriters

All Music Guide A great place to research an artist and get biographical information also great fro researching tunes and recordings.

SongFile (USA) Harry Fox Agency (HFA), Song Database. Over 2 million Songs listed. A Great place for researching tunes.

ASCAP ACE (USA) The American Society Of Composer's Authors and Publisher. ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership.

BMI (USA) BMI is a performing right organization: Broadcast Music Incorporated. It collects license fees on behalf of its songwriters, composers and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed.

PRS (UK) Performing Right Society (PRS) is a non-profit making membership organisation of composers, songwriters, authors and publishers of music of all styles - including classical, pop, jazz and music for films, adverts and TV. The essential function of PRS is to collect and distribute music royalties on behalf of its members.

Fake Book Index Andy Robinson's Fake Book Index. It is a search page which enables you to find (mostly jazz) tunes in fake books. It has the indexes of (currently) 26 fake books and you simply type all or part of the title you are looking for and hit "Search", and it tells you which books contain this title. You can tell it which books to search (for instance, to search just the books you own) and you can have it remember your book list for next time you visit.

Copyright Information

MPA Music Publishers' Association Copyright Resources

Copyright Website A really great website, easy to navigate with lots or great copyright information

U.S. Copyright Office/The Library of Congress Copyright information and forms

Indiana University School of Music An extensive list of Music Copyright Resources